Hints From Heloise
Erase the Smoke
Dear Readers: If you have a FIREPLACE and use it a lot, here are two hints for you:
Smoke on a few bricks? An art gum eraser, available at an art store or mega-retailer, is a quick fix. You can knead it and press it into the soot stains. Fold over the stained portion of the eraser until you have a clean space on the gum. Repeat until the eraser has removed as much of the staining as it can.
If the fireplace glass doors are stained, a good solution is oven cleaner. Remove the doors and take them outside to a well-ventilated area. Spray both sides with a thick layer and allow them to sit outside for a few hours. Rinse with the garden hose, dry, and you are done. -- Heloise
P.S.: Do not use anything abrasive to scrub the doors, because it may affect the integrity of the glass.
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